Exelixis

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Nice work if you can hang

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

I worked at Exelixis

Pros

Great co-workers; fairly good benefits package; excellent inter and intra team cooperation; competent HR; great Xmas to NYE break; good employee parties; excellent severance packages per RIF 3/2010!

Cons

Management from 2nd level upwards is duplicitous, self-centered and barely conscious. People's titles are ridiculously overstated, making "senior management" a sort of elite club of directors, etc. Little 2 way communication: the info dribbles down from top; input from below isn't actively sollicited. New president is just a retread of failed former president. I hold little hope for this company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Retrench; develop some humility; flatten the organizational structures; consider outsourcing IT to a SAAS provider; pay closer attention to how your employees feel about their jobs.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Saying yes is more important than knowledge

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Pros

    Fast decision making
    Deep pipeline
    Good people

    Cons

    Lack of big pharma experience in the senior management team
    Right now compounds are more important than the right compounds
    Meeting deadlines is much more important doing good science
    Clinical development has too many people with discovery experience and no development knowledge
    Pay is much lower than industry average unless in very senior management
    Advancement for non Ph.D scientists is not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refocus on doing good science
    Reward people for their knowledge and abilities, not because they blindly do what you tell them
    Put experienced people into clinical development
    Treat staff with respect, look after them as well as you look after your own self interests

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exelixis

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Pros

    Many knowledgeable people to work with. Small company, so great opportunity to learn a lot and do many different things. Good medical benefits. Company shuts down between Xmas and New Year so you get an extra week off.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than industry standard. Annual and spot "bonuses" are extremely small. Company gives stock option grants, but the price per share has been dropping steadily for many years, so there is little hope that anyone will ever be able to exercise options. There is never any money for training of any kind, and rarely any for travel to conferences (unless you are in Development). Career ladder for bachelors/masters-level scientists is somewhat limited. Some managers are apparently poorly (or not) trained and are unable to solve personnel problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the career ladder for the bachelors and masters-level scientists. Adequately train people who are in charge of managing personnel so that they can deal with problems in an effective, impartial way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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